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Volver (I) (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  26 January 2007 (USA)
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After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.

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Regina (as Mª Isabel Díaz)
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Inés
Leandro Rivera ...
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Vecina
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Vecina (as Alfonsa Rosso)
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Storyline

Raimunda, her daughter Paula and her sister Sole travel from Madrid to the windy and superstitious village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit the grave of their mother Irene, who died years ago in a fire with her husband. Then they visit Irene's sister Paula, an old senile aunt that raised Raimunda after the death of her parents that insists to tell them that Irene is alive and living with her; later, they go to the house of her neighbor and friend Agustina, who gives a support to Paula. They return to Madrid, and after a hard day of work, Raimunda meets her daughter completely distraught at the bus stop waiting for her. When they arrive home, Paula tells her mother that she killed her unemployed father Paco, who was completely drunk and tried to rape her. While Raimunda hides his body, Sole calls her to tell that their beloved aunt Paula has died. The next morning, Sole travels alone to the funeral, and when she returns to Madrid, she finds her mother hidden in the trunk of her car... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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$631,701 (Spain) (7 April 2006)

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$12,899,702 (USA) (18 May 2007)
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Penélope Cruz became the first Spanish actress ever to be nominated for Best Lead Actress at the Oscars. See more »

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(at around 1h 30 mins) When Agustina is talking on the TV show about her mother's vanishing, she says that it happened "hace ya casi cuatro años" ("nearly four years ago"), yet her lips are clearly saying "hace ya casi tres años" ("nearly three years ago"). See more »

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Raimunda: [to self] It smells of... farts, my mother's farts.
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Volver
Music by Carlos Gardel
Lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera (as Alfredo La Pera)
©1961 by Warner/Chappel Music Argentina
Recorded at Sonoland, Madrid (September 2005)
Performed by Estrella Morente
Produced by Enrique Morente
Guitar by Montoyita
Claps by Bandolero, Negri and Pepe Luis Carmona
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Almodovar like wine, the older the better
27 May 2006 | by (Madrid, Spain) – See all my reviews

Great movie Pedro!!!

Volver is by far one of the best movies of Almodovar. The way he narrates the story with the camera is just perfect: gently and with character. You will see how feelings and emotions are driven smoothly by a great group of actresses (Penélope does a GREAT job along with Carmen Maura) which perfectly understand what the director wants to deliver and how to do it.

It is another of those twisted bitter stories of life that Almodovar knows well and enjoys developing and producing them. Don't miss it.

One side note: I read that Penélope had to place some cushion to make her rear bigger according to the character!!


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